I have been waiting for a martial arts film or what most call a "fighting" movie that actually had a real storyline and interesting characters. After all the searching I finally came across this wonderful piece of filmmaking called "Blood & Bone". This movie is very enjoyable with excellent fight scenes, wonderful acting, and a great story behind it all. The great thing is that I thought the director did not do the greatest job ever with Dragonball Evolution, but he did a great job on this. I may have really got this for Gina Carano who is way to fine and some Mixed Martial Artists this film turned out to be great.
Isaiah Bone [Michael Jai White] is a recently released con who is looking to move on with his life. There is only one thing standing in his way of doing that, a jail house promise he made to a now deceased friend behind the walls. James [Eamonn Walker] is a big time hustler on the streets who basically runs every thing for some higher ups; the thing is he has something that is not his. Bone's friend was set up by James in order for James to steal his girl; he is also the guy who had the guy killed in jail. So the only way that Bone knows how to get close to the guy is to enter the street fights in which James manages the champ on the streets, Hammerman [Bob Sapp]. With the help of Pinball [Dante Basco] Bone makes a name for himself leading to a showdown with the man who killed his friend.
Michael Jai White who is actually a real martial artist and you may remember from a little film called "Spawn" is excellent in this movie. First off his fighting is excellent and is completely realistic even mixing in some jiu-jitsu [love it]. Also and this may surprise some who have not seen him in other things his acting is superb. Eamonn Walker is just as excellent as James the man who had his best friend killed. Julian Sands is great as the man above James; you may remember him from the first two Warlock movies or Stargate SG-1. Dante Basco is very funny in the role of Pinball the man who helps Bone get into the underground fight scene. Nona Gaye is great and gives one of the most realistic performances of the film as the woman who takes Bone in. Michelle Belegrin the sexy wife of James who was stolen away from her real husband is just as good in this film as a junkie.
Of course you know that I was all about this film with all the MMA stars that were involved with big Bob Sapp having the most significant role. Sapp plays the Hammerman in this film who is the undefeated street fighter who works for James. Sapp is great in this and as always looks menacing but is also funny. The super hot Gina Carano is just that and super fine all at the same time, she is regulated to a cameo but she straight beats down this one girl. Kimbo Slice who I am now a huge fan of [I used to hate him in Elite XC] actually shows some acting chops in his brief role in this film. Kimbo's role turns really funny during the credits, you will see. Former WCW wrestler and actual martial artist Ernest "The Cat" Miller gives a nice performance in his fight with MMA star Maurice Smith who also is good in this. There are more real martial artists in this film and every one in this film is good for their parts.
Written by Michael Andrews who like many others involved with this is an actual martial artist did a great job with the story. Director Ben Ramsey who also directed the "Dragonball Evolution" film steps up his game with this one delivering a great flick. The acting in this film is great and very believable and the action is just as believable which is usually a problem in these types of films. There is one scene in particular that is a favorite of mine involving James and crew at a dude's house while a certain song is playing. This is a really entertaining movie and I would highly recommend it to any one.
“I am the punishment from God. If you have not sinned greatly then God would not have sent a punishment as great such as me.” - Genghis Khan Blending Asian philosophy, hard-hitting fast-paced fight sequences and urban gangster drama, director Ben Ramsey’s “Blood and Bone” is pretty solid as a martial arts actioner. Despite the unoriginal premise and flimsy plot devices, the film stays aloft with the displays of bloody, brutal fights and … more
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